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Sampson, Montgomery, Troutman retire from Academies

July 3, 2011

David Sampson, left, and Patricia Montgomery.

With the end of the 2010-2011 school year, Culver Academies’ faculty members David Sampson and Patricia Montgomery retired with 78 years of combined service and were honored with emeritus status. The Culver Educational Foundation Board of Trustees established emeritus status in 1983 as a way of honoring retiring faculty/staff who have served at least 20 years at Culver. Also retiring was Linda Troutman, who served 19 years as a resident director in Atrium and Benson dorms.
From his first year in 1967, Sampson “established himself as a teacher with a deep breadth of interests and scholarship,” Dean of Faculty Kathy Lintner said.
Sampson retires from the Humanities Department after 44 years with Culver. He taught courses in American, European, and contemporary world history from 1967 to 1986, and served as an assistant for Culver’s theater productions and as a member of the faculty vocal ensemble. In 1986 he joined the Fine Arts Department, serving as its chair for five years. In 1992, Sampson returned to teaching history while also serving as the Technical Director of Eppley Auditorium until 2001. He has taught in the ninth- and 10th-grade Humanities program, worked in the Academic Skills Center, and was co-founder of the Writing Center in 2006. Since 2004 he had served as faculty adviser to Culver's Model United Nations Club, and serves as one of three honorary faculty marshals. Sampson retired as the holder of the Dale J. and Elizabeth McMillen Chair of American Heritage. A native of Cleveland, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Case Western Reserve University.
Patricia Montgomery retires from the Mathematics Department after 34 years of service. She came to Culver in 1977. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s in Applied Mathematics from Purdue University.
Lintner attributed Montgomery’s success to “her willingness to work very, very hard. . . . She has high expectations but also the patience and compassion to help her students reach them.” Montgomery has experience at every level of the curriculum and her service as the math level chair shaped her into an ideal mentor, Lintner added.
In 2009 Montgomery was named one of the seven initial Batten Fellows who demonstrate the qualities of successful mentorship for both students and colleagues. She previously held the William Pitt Oakes Memorial Chair of Mathematics.
Troutman spent two years as dorm mom of Benson and the rest of her 19-year tenure in Atrium. Upon her retirement, the Atrium girls bought her a Culver parent ring as a token of their appreciation.

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